Africa's God Wars
Boko Haram to Buhari: Come And Get Us

Boko Haram’s brutal, barbaric rampage in northeastern Nigeria continued unabated this week. The BBC:

Eyewitnesses say the gunmen stormed the village of Kukawa near Lake Chad on Wednesday evening, killing 97 people, including women and children.

On Tuesday, the militants shot dead 48 men after they had finished prayers in two villages near the town of Monguno, a resident told the BBC. […]

“The terrorists first descended on Muslim worshippers in various mosques who were observing the Maghrib prayer shortly after breaking their fast,” [an eyewitness] said.

“They… opened fire on the worshippers who were mostly men and young children.

“They spared nobody. In fact, while some of the terrorists waited and set most of the corpses on fire, others proceeded to houses and shot indiscriminately at women who were preparing food,” he said.

President Muhammadu Buhari, the first opposition leader to peacefully replace an incumbent in Nigeria’s history, vowed to take the fight to Boko Haram. Boko Haram appears to be saying, “Well, here we are. What are you going to do about it?”

The consequences for Nigeria, Africa and the world will be immense if Buhari fails. But the odds for his success are poor. The Nigerian army and government are not exactly widely noted for incorruptibility, professionalism, efficiency, and skill. Yet without effective and coordinated efforts involving police, military and civil administration, the insurrection will be hard to contain.

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